Creme de la Creme
Honor society excels at excelling

Mortar Board students are the cream of the crop. So for the University of San Diego Alcalá Chapter of Mortar Board to be singled out with a national excellence award was quite an honor.

The national Mortar Board awarded USD’s chapter with the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. Mortar Board is an honor society for high-achieving college seniors; students must be in the top 35 percent of their class and meet high standards for service and leadership activities.

Alice B. Hayes, USD’s president when the chapter was chartered in 2000, says the award is significant for the national recognition and the fact that it honors the current students, plus their predecessors.

“This award requires both leadership and teamwork,” Hayes says. She also notes that the Mortar Board, as an honor society, “recognizes something that you are, not something you have done. “Membership in Mortar Board calls for a lifetime commitment to the values of the organization.

A reception celebrating the award was held at USD’s Degheri Alumni Center on Feb. 13. That event, which President Mary E. Lyons and Hayes attended, was aimed at recognizing the work of students as well as building an endowment for the Alice B. Hayes Mortar Board Scholarship for Mortar Board students going on to graduate school.

“The national recognition it has received through this award is a tremendous honor, not only for the Mortar Board chapter, but for the whole university,” Lyons says.

For information about making a donation to the Alice B. Hayes Mortar Board Scholarship Endowment, call (619) 460-4720.